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Care partnership aims to improve CAMHS services in Lancashire and South Cumbria

28th June 2019

More than 60 individuals from 27 NHS, local authorities, education, police, voluntary and community organisations across Lancashire and South Cumbria have been working together with 132 parents, carers and young people, to redesign and improve emotional health and wellbeing services for children and adolescents aged 0-19, in a programme known as THRIVE.

The Care Partnership is made up of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust – these organisations have been working together with partners from across the system to develop sustainable and standardised care and support for young people and their families.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust are a provider of high performing mental health services and have recently supported the region to review urgent mental health pathways for adults – they are supporting the Care Partnership and facilitating design workshops to develop a THRIVE-based model of care which will ensure that services in the future are integrated and person-centred.  At the same time, a detailed review of current service delivery across the partnership is being carried out, to identify opportunities to improve. You can see some of the points from the discussion on our Twitter as we had the opportunity to attend and report a live feed of discussion. There are some great points from the discussion!

Evidence has shown that THRIVE–based care models reduce waiting times and improve experience and effectiveness of care. The development of a THRIVE-based model will ensure that young people receive consistent levels of care wherever they live in Lancashire and South Cumbria and can access services in the right place and at the right time to meet their individual needs.

A partnership of local Healthwatch in Blackpool, Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Cumbria has been supporting the involvement of young people, parents and carers in this service transformation, with 132 individuals being involved in the design process, either by attending sessions or by providing regular feedback through online Facebook groups.